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Irene Keenan Jr. Band to Highlight Summer Session at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: July 15, 2005

Irene Keenan Jr.EAU CLAIRE — A free outdoor show by the Irene Keenan Jr. Band will highlight the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Summer Session Programs for the week of July 25.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Monday on the Central Campus Mall. Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.

Of Irish and Native American descent, Irene Keenan Jr. grew up in both worlds and feels a kinship to the rhythms of both cultures. As a member of The Wails, she opened for many blues legends and rock acts. When that group disbanded she joined a hard-rock cover band from Indianapolis, toured the west-central U.S., and made a 33-day tour of China. After a brief learning experience as a rhythm guitarist in Los Angeles, Keenan returned to Wisconsin to refuel, sing and play with a variety of bands. After Clyde Stubblefield opened the door to funk rhythms and grooves, Keenan found her own sound — as well as a drummer and bass player who help her create it.

Also on campus, the Summer Cinema series will continue a festival of horror films with "The Exorcist," screening at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday in Davies Theatre. William Peter Blatty received an Academy Award for adapting his own novel about a young girl (Linda Blair) who is unaccountably possessed by demons. Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller and Max von Sydow costar in the Oscar-nominated 1973 film, rated R.

Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 4. A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833, or on the Web.

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